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    Here's one: My shih-tzu (put to sleep a few months ago, almost 14 years old) was racist! No kidding! He hated blacks and Hispanics. And I'm talking about people, not other dogs. We got him from a Hispanic family that bought him for $400, complete with papers documenting that he wasn't a mutt. But they kept him in a cage, and he was flea-bitten and mangy. We suspect he was probably abused in addition to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Interesting -- I think it is, indeed, men. But if you're on the other side of the fence or wall or whatever, he is FEROCIOUS and you'd think he's going to eat you!

    (Actually, Jake is the same way -- if you just tough it out and come into the yard or front door, Jake will lick you to death and get you a cup of coffee)
    He probably takes his cue from you as lead dog. If he sensed you were being hostile to a visitor, I'd guess that he would act differently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faber View Post
    Here's one: My shih-tzu (put to sleep a few months ago, almost 14 years old) was racist! No kidding! He hated blacks and Hispanics. And I'm talking about people, not other dogs. We got him from a Hispanic family that bought him for $400, complete with papers documenting that he wasn't a mutt. But they kept him in a cage, and he was flea-bitten and mangy. We suspect he was probably abused in addition to that.
    Ah... Jake loves to ride in the truck with me, and loves to watch people in other cars, people walking down the street, standing around.....

    But when he sees a person on a motorcycle with a helmet and black face shield, Jake goes absolutely stark raving mad, and wants to go attack and eat them, barking and snarling and jumping all around!

    I think he must think they're aliens or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    He probably takes his cue from you as lead dog. If he sensed you were being hostile to a visitor, I'd guess that he would act differently.
    Do you ever watch Cesar Millan on Dog Whisperer (or whatever that show is)?

    I like how he explains, when encountering a dog for the first time, "No touch, no talk, no eye contact is the best and only advice I give for meeting a strange dog. Ignore the dog and let it come to you to get your scent and sense your energy — to the dog, those two things are your “name.” Then, let the dog decide. If it walks away, then it's not interested".

    Of course, if the dog chews your leg off, then he obviously IS interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    He probably takes his cue from you as lead dog. If he sensed you were being hostile to a visitor, I'd guess that he would act differently.
    No doubt -- even if I get up too quickly from the couch or chair, Jake snaps to attention and runs to the door ready to defend, even if there's nothing going on.
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    Jake follows me around like a puppy.

    Oh, wait, he is one.

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    Our dog used to bark at everything moving outside and would bark at people coming in the door until they would say hello and pet him. But that probably describes most dogs.... They bark at newcomers because they want pets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    Did you know that you have a yellow dog?
    He prefers "golden."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    Jake likes to do this:

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    I have a friend who had a 50 lb mutt and when his mother died inherited her Pekinese. The bigger dog would lay on her back like that when they "play fought" like she was trying to give the little one a fair chance.

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    One of those things I wish I had known a long time ago....

    Since Jake is a "runner", and started escaping the back yard, I would have to wonder off into the woods or into the pasture to find him and lead him back home.

    A friend of mine told me, "don't chase him, just let him see you, then sit down." "Sit down?", I asked. Yes, she said - if you sit down, he'll come running right to you.

    Yeah, right.

    So the very next time Jake got out and ran across the pasture, and he was about to head into the woods, I called his name, saw him turn and look (that's usually when he would laugh and start to run) he just paused a moment, then came bounding across the pasture right to me.

    When he got to me, he started licking my face - I'm still sitting down - and look at me like "hey, what's wrong?"

    IT WORKS!!!! I have used that several times, now!
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